• Short Summary

    The United States and Canada imposed a ban on commercial fishing in each other's territorial waters on Sunday (4 June).

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    GV Fishing ships in dock (3 shots)

    CU Mr. Artue Dakin-- official of Nova Scotia Fishermen's Association speaking

    GV Truck passing camera

    CU & GV Cars' number plates and truck parked at border (4 shots)

    SV Buoy in Lake Erie showing boundary between U.S.A. and Canada

    SV & CU U.S. coast guards looking for fishing boats (10 shots)

    ALLISON: "Yarmouth fishing captains were confused and concerned this morning as they listened to the Canadian Coast Guard on their ships' radio confirm what they'd heard on the news. Many weren't sure whether they could fish on (indistinct) again, and all were afraid that the Americans would strike back."

    DAKIN: ".....cutting off the hand that feeds you."

    ALLISON: "How do you mean that?"

    DAKIN: "Well, this is where our market's at -- United States. If we tell them they've got to stay out of our waters, they might turn around and tell us they don't want any more of our fish. They're increasing their fleet enough now, so that they can pretty well catch all the fish they need. They don't really need our fish -- so what are we going to do then?"

    ALLISON: "Eighty per cent of the fish caught in Nova Scotia is exported to the United States. Many captains said if the Americans want to play dirty and ban those exports, then Canada should retaliate by cutting off natural gas supplies crossing the border from Alberta. Bob Allison, CBC News, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia."

    RUDDLE: "This buoy in Lake Erie marks the international boundary between the United States and Canada. At noon today, coast guard patrol boats began checking on the America side to see if Canadians were fishing in the newly-restricted waters. The problem on Lake Erie is not with commercial fishing, but sport fishing. The ban includes the Canadian Sunday fisherman, who comes into U.S. waters in a motorboat. Coast guardsmen checked through binoculars to determine whether the boats on the American side carried U.S. registration numbers. Of course, the fish, not knowing about the law, swim back and forth across the boundary. Jim Ruddle, NBC news, along the U.S./Canadian demarcation line in Lake Erie."

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    Background: The United States and Canada imposed a ban on commercial fishing in each other's territorial waters on Sunday (4 June). The American ban also includes fishing for sport -- and covers the popular angling resorts of the Great Lakes. The disagreement arose after the breakdown of talks on territorial and fishing rights, and the ban is expected to last for at least two weeks, when talks will resume. Bob Allison of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation visited Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to talk to local fishermen and Jim Ruddle of the National Broadcasting Company Incorporated went with a United States coast guard launch patrolling Lake Erie.

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